President Donald Trump is under fire for tweets he posted early Tuesday morning attacking Barack Obama after the former President issued a thinly-veiled statement criticizing Trump for contributing to a climate in which white supremacist domestic terror mass shootings are increasing. Less than 24 hours earlier – after all but ignoring two mass shootings that stole the lives of 31 people over the weekend, President Trump addressed the American people on national television. In that short speech he condemned racism and white supremacism, but some say his tweets Tuesday negate those remarks.
Trump quoted “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade, who had said mass shootings also happened under President Obama, but former President George W. Bush never blamed him for them.
“Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.” @kilmeade @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019
As some noted, President Obama didn’t daily stoke racist hatred and espouse white nationalist and white supremacist views, demonize non-whites and immigrants, and enact policies to advance a white ethnostate agenda.
Trump also repeated his false claim, tweeting, “I am the least racist person.”
“It’s political season and the election is around the corner. They want to continue to push that racist narrative.” @ainsleyearhardt @foxandfriends And I am the least racist person. Black, Hispanic and Asian Unemployment is the lowest (BEST) in the history of the United States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019
Here’s how many are responding:
Trump has now pivoted from condemning white supremacy in a canned speech to criticizing the country’s first black president… https://t.co/P7CrYRTFGo
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) August 6, 2019
Donald Trump reading: “Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion and love."
Donald Trump tweeting: https://t.co/31X4wPayfB
— Bill Kempin (@BillKempin) August 6, 2019
Not even 24 hours ago, the president called for the nation to put aside partisan bickering to solve gun violence. https://t.co/vplcUAkoJi
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) August 6, 2019
Nobody ever said "President Obama is out of control" because Obama's rhetoric was never linked to madmen with assault weapons and pipe bombs. And then he whines that people complain shootings are "way too high" under Trump. They've always been too high, Brian. For 20+ years.
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) August 6, 2019
So much for the speech he could barely read. Back to form. https://t.co/DuImxAaRLM
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 6, 2019
We all remember when Obama warned about the "invasion" of elementary school children. https://t.co/HrGZ4Nqwuc
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 6, 2019
The mass murderer literally wrote a manifesto based on your words.
Not on Obamas.
So fuck off.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 6, 2019
During his "reign?" Is that what you think presidents do? I will remind you that the GOP refused to renew the assault weapons ban during Obama's tenure. His being black was a problem for many of your followers-and you stoked it with your birther BS. This is all on you, sparky.
— sherean (@sherean) August 6, 2019
Well, tbf, Obama never used the language of mass shooter and/or white supremacists ever, let alone in daily public parlance like you do, so….
— Victoria Brownworth 🏳️🌈 (@VABVOX) August 6, 2019
I thought this racist mofo talked of unity but here we are not even 24h later 💀 https://t.co/jWqPfzGN05
— Mercedes Nuñez (@coldpluto55) August 6, 2019
Obama didn’t call any of the murderers very fine people, either. https://t.co/0Q3DNCbdiW
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) August 6, 2019
That’s because the Sandy Hook mass shooter didn’t lay out guns that spelled Obama’s name, didn’t recite Obama’s words and didn’t target people Obama had likened to rats and criminals. https://t.co/VXQFf9HzWw
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) August 6, 2019
Told you. He couldn't even last a day. This is who he is. https://t.co/ElVc1oH4wn
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 6, 2019
You’ve had 250 already this year
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) August 6, 2019
— RichieFed 🏳️🌈🇮🇹🇺🇸 (@RichieFed) August 6, 2019
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Mick Mulvaney Fled the Room Whenever Trump and Giuliani Discussed Ukraine
The New York Times is reporting that White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney would leave the room whenever President Donald Trump met with his attorney Rudy Giuliani to discuss the Ukraine scheme.
Mulvaney, who also serves as director of the Office of Management and Budget, left the room for those discussions to preserve the president’s attorney-client privilege with Giuliani, according to associates who spoke with the New York Times.
That left Mulvaney with limited knowledge of Trump and Giuliani’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, and which became the basis of the president’s impeachment.
Mulvaney has told associates he learned what Trump discussed with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky weeks after their July 25 phone call, which prompted a whistleblower complaint and then the impeachment inquiry.
But impeachment witnesses told House investigators otherwise.
Fiona Hill, a top deputy to then-national security adviser John Bolton, testified that EU ambassador Gordon Sondland told White House officials July 10 that Mulvaney had guaranteed Zelensky would be invited to the White House if he agreed to announce the investigation.
The former national security adviser described that arrangement as a “drug deal,” according to Hill, and resigned as the scheme came to light in September.
Bolton, Mulvaney and his aide Robert Blair have all refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.
Mulvaney infamously declared that efforts to withhold military aid from Ukraine in exchange for the investigations was “absolutely appropriate” and a common practice by U.S. administrations.
“I have news for everybody,” Mulvaney said Oct. 17 during a White House news conference. “Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy.”
George Conway: Rudy Giuliani is ‘Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs’
Donald Trump’s personal defense lawyer was blasted for being crazy by a prominent GOP attorney George Conway.
Conway, the husband of White House advisor Kellyanne Conway offered his assessment of Giuliani after the former NYC mayor had a booze-filled interview with New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi.
“I find Rudy Giuliani saying that “he’s more of a Jew than Holocaust survivor George Soros” pretty antisemitic and gross,” noted Daily Beast editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast.
Conway said Trump is “also cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”
also cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs https://t.co/jqGZWOzMHH
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 24, 2019
This was not the first time Conway had questioned the legal services Giuliani has provided in Trump’s defense.
In November, Conway criticized Giuliani for a “devastatingly incriminating” tweet that Giuliani posted.
Conway explained how Giuliani might have sealed Trump’s doom by speaking to The New York Times about his Ukraine scheme.
Last December, Conway questioned Giuliani’s defense that Trump’s abuse of power was acceptable because nobody got killed.
‘Cows Are Female’: Todd Starnes Mocked for Claiming ‘It Won’t Be Long Before You Will See a Chick-fil-A Cow in Drag’
Todd Starnes is one of several far right wing religious conservatives who are furious that the privately-held Christian chicken chain Chick-fil-A has announced they will no longer donate to two non-profits that have a long history of anti-LGBTQ policies.
Chick-fil-A recently tried to open a restaurant in the UK but protests over the company’s reputation were so strong they were forced to announce they will close at the end of their six-month lease. The company is also facing several local governments and colleges who are refusing to allow them to open a restaurant based on Chick-fil-A’s long history of donating millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ causes, including funds to at least one anti-gay hate group.
Starnes, who was ousted from Fox News after he agreed that Democrats worship the Pagan god Moloch, had once anointed Chick-fil-A “the official chicken of Jesus.”
On Monday, following Chick-fil-A’s announcement that it will be focusing its charitable giving on organizations that work to improve education, and fight hunger and homelessness – while ending its donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Starnes offered up this homophobic response:
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) November 18, 2019
He was quickly mocked:
— Biff (@BiffTFinancial) November 18, 2019
Not surprised to see that Todd doesn’t understand cows are female. But sure, put a wig on her. I bet she’ll look fierce. https://t.co/7Eywx7U84U
— Alex Richardson (@alexrichardson8) November 18, 2019
lol who’s gonna tell him? https://t.co/aXzGx9PmxH
— Gay and Bad 🏳️🌈🙄 (@SJGrunewald) November 18, 2019
Oh dear, the chicken place decided to focus on homelessness and hunger and not so much on hating gays and it’s upset the “Christians” https://t.co/gCfTDBQZfB
— John (@johntruman_) November 18, 2019
— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) November 18, 2019
— Michael_Rose (@Michael_Rose) November 18, 2019
Sure – because targeting your private corporate giving towards hunger and homelessness requires a cow in drag?
That’s just a stupid thing to say https://t.co/1MhZAASeFf
— J&JDebut (@JJDebut) November 18, 2019
— Roger Vandertunt 🦦 (@monsterro) November 18, 2019
— Nathan Mohebbi (@NathanMohebbi) November 18, 2019
That would be cool as hell tho https://t.co/Y7p687ncN4
— Steven Polk (@Spolkahontas) November 18, 2019
whos flipping their shit about a chicken places political leanings now todd https://t.co/2cjewuITEk
— lvl 45 CHAO$ POTU$ (@thetomzone) November 18, 2019
— zedster (@z3dster) November 18, 2019
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